"year abroad" blog posts

Wellbeing in France

Posted on: 3 May 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Isla Lumsdon

I generally view myself as a positive, happy person however, like everyone else, sometimes I struggle to keep my well-being uplifted.


Year Abroad Diary: December in Lyon

Posted on: 3 May 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

Image of sarah in front of a Christmas tree.

My last month is Lyon was definitely one of my absolute favourites. Trying to cram all the remaining things I wanted to do into one month at the same time as final exam season was definitely tiring, but it resulted in such a fun few weeks. My month started off with a weekend trip to the snowy, magical, little town of Chamonix. The trip took 4 hours on a BlaBla Car bus and was only 40 euros for a return journey! In Chamonix my friend and I sledded, went on snowy walks and drank lots of hot chocolate (it wasn’t quite ski season yet hence the no skiing). It really was the most amazing start to December!


Eating sustainably while in France

Posted on: 5 April 2022 | Category: 2022 posts

Earth Month - Isla Lumsdon

I’m currently on my year abroad in Toulouse in France, a country known for its incredible food. Upon moving here, I was very excited to experience French cuisine whenever I wanted however, I thought that eating sustainably may be a challenge.


Year Abroad Diary: November in Lyon

Posted on: 17 March 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

Picture of Sarah in Lyon.

After a week back in England at the start of November I was very ready to get back to life in Lyon. Although November amped up the amount of university work I had, due to a few mid-term assessments, I still managed to explore many parts of the city and have lots of fun. Since I came back in the second week of November, the temperature in Lyon had really dropped but luckily the city is prepared for the colder weather with outdoor heaters and blankets at many restaurants, cafés and bars.


Year Abroad Diary: October in Lyon

Posted on: 10 January 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

Year abroad student Sarah, standing by a river.

My October as an Erasmus student in Lyon started with a surreal trip to Paris for a weekend during Paris Fashion Week. One of the great things about Lyon is that it’s only a two hour train journey from Paris so if a visit to the capital city is on your agenda, it’s a relatively easy getaway to plan. As well as exploring the city I am based in on my year abroad, I think exploring different parts of the country is equally as, if not more, exciting, as they might not be as easily accessible in the future when living elsewhere. My friend Liv and I stayed in a little hotel near the Eiffel Tower for one night and spent two full days soaking up the Parisian lifestyle by visiting little cafés, doing a lot of window shopping, attending fashion shows and visiting the Eiffel Tower at night in a full on storm - that will always be a funny story to tell.


Christmas markets in Hamburg

Posted on: 22 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Hamburg city skyline at night during Christmas, with a lit up christmas tree in the foreground

Year Abroad student Lewis shares his experience of the Christmas markets in Hamburg


Year Abroad Diary: September in Lyon

Posted on: 18 November 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of Sarah in a boat on a lake.

As I prepared myself to move to Lyon at the end of August 2021, the end of UK summer, I can’t lie I was quite apprehensive. Although I’ve always been an adventurous person who loves travelling, the prospect of actually moving to a new country and leaving behind my friends, family and student life in Liverpool was daunting. However, as cliché as it sounds, within a week of living in Lyon my worries were melted away by the utter beauty, excitement and 30 degrees Celsius weather of the city. Moving to Lyon as the UK summer was fizzling out, I didn’t expect to be sucked into an even hotter, sunnier, French summer!


Why your business should hire a Modern Languages student from the University of Liverpool

Posted on: 11 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Map of Europe

Dr Liam Lewis (Lecturer in French) and three students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures explain why businesses should consider hiring a Modern Languages student as part of the University of Liverpool Year Abroad programme.


Students share their year abroad experiences at the HSS Faculty Beacon Project workshop

Posted on: 9 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

This academic year, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures was awarded HSS Faculty Beacon Project funding to produce employability-themed videos with final year students who had just returned from their Year Abroad. Dr Nicola Bermingham discusses the project and its aims.


Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in Germany

Posted on: 18 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Female student

Meet Erin Kearns in Bonn, Germany! It sounds like Erin has had a great time on the first part of her year abroad - it's given her a lot of confidence and a feeling of independence too.